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Tylenol in pregnancy and ADHD? Not so simple

Tylenol in pregnancy and ADHD? Not so simple

Have you heard about a new study that looked at 64,000 women and monitored if they took any pain pills in pregnancy? What they reported was that women who took acetaminophen (Tylenol) had kids who were at higher risk for ADHD. Some key points:
-This doesn’t mean the Tylenol caused ADHD. It’s an association, not a causation as we say in the statistical world. Maybe it was having a fever, or having a certain virus that caused the actual ADHD. We don’t know yet – but more work needs to be done.
-Women who took more had higher ADHD risks. This agrees with a study out in November that reported a similar finding – but this was in women who averaged 28 days of Tylenol use in their pregnancy – that’s A LOT of Tylenol.
-Having a really high fever (especially in the 1st trimester) isn’t good either – don’t avoid Tylenol for that because of this study!
-If you have aches and pains, don’t just go for the Tylenol. Try heat, walking, massage, the pool. Use Tylenol when it is really needed, but not everyday.
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/pain-pill-pregnancy-may-raise-childs-adhd-risk-study-finds-n37206

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  1. The 28 days factor seems like a big one. Basically, 1/9 of your pregnancy you took Tylenol. I doubt many women who use Tylenol during pregnancy fit this.

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